Château Cramirat Collection

Eros, 1962, USA.
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From our Château Cramirat collection, we are honored to hold the complete run of the stunningly designed yet controversial magazine that helped set off the 1960s sexual revolution, Eros.
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The quarterly magazine Eros was an inspiring collaboration between editor, publisher, journalist, and photographer Ralph Ginzburg and iconic graphic designer Herb Lubalin, the magazine’s art director. Published in 1962, it was devoted to eroticism and featured taboo-bursting content on love, sex, and desire in America through the lens of history, politics, art, and literature.
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Eros was beautifully rendered. With innovative layouts designed by Lubalin, each publication reads more like a hardcover “magbook”, challenging the extremely contentious social perceptions of the time. While most adult magazines had mainly catered to male fantasies, Eros was mostly unpornographic, or as design writer Steven Heller puts it, “Lubalin’s type was the hottest thing in the magazine.” Nevertheless, the authorities shut it down after only four issues, and Ginzburg was convicted of obscene advertising by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, brother of President JFK.
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Issue one includes short stories by Ray Bradbury and Guy de Maupassant, a photo essay by Gary Winograd with illustrations by Edgar Degas; Issue two features the first magazine appearance of Mark Twain’s short story “1601,” the photo essay “We All Love Jack” about how women react to President JFK, and fake facsimiles of letters complaining about the magazine; Issue three centers on Bert Stern’s photos of the recently deceased Marlyin Monroe, taken six weeks before her death; Issue four contains an Allen Ginsberg letter, and features the photo series that enraged Rober Kennedy, an eight-page color photo spread of a nude interracial couple embracing.
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The Château Cramirat Collection is a treasure trove of art and design housed in a 12th-century Templar landmark in the Valley of Mankind, Périgord, France.

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